SUNSET BEACH, Hawaii (Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007) – The final seven heats of the Roxy Pro Hawaii, the second to last event on the ASP Women's World Tour, will wrap up in excellent eight foot conditions at Sunset Beach this morning. The first Quarternfinal will hit the water at 8am.
Australian rookie Stephanie Gilmore must make the Roxy Pro final and get 3rd or better to potentially win the ASP Women's World Title at Sunset Beach today.
Though six women remain in contention to win the 2007 ASP Women's World Title, three of them (Reigning and 7X World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS), 2005 World Champion Chelsea Hedges (AUS) and current World No. 6 Samantha Cornish (AUS)) will be removed from contention if Gilmore earns a semifinal berth by finishing 1st or 2nd in the Quarterfinals.
If Gilmore makes the final and Current World No. 3 and 2004 World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER) does not, Mulanovich will also be out of contention. If they are both in the Final, Mulanovich must finish ahead of Gilmore to stay in contention heading into the final event in Maui.
Gilmore can only claim the title at Sunset Beach with a 3rd place finish today if current World No. 2 Silvana Lima does not advance out of the Quarterfinals or finishes fourth in a four-woman Semifinal and earns an Equal 7th.
If Lima finishes Equal 5th or 4th (third in her four-woman Semifinal, or 4th in the Final ), Gilmore must finish 2nd or higher to win. If Lima finishes 3rd Gilmore must win the Roxy Pro Hawaii or the title race will be decided in Maui.
Breakdown by Result:
Gilmore places 13th – Lima, Mulanovich remain in contention with 13th or better. Hedges, Beachley, Cornish must place 1st to remain in world title race.
Gilmore places 9th – Lima remains in contention with 13th or better. Mulanovich must place 9th or higher. Hedges, Beachley, Cornish must place 1st to remain in contention.
Gilmore places 7th – Hedges, Beachley Cornish are out of contention. Mulanovich needs 9th or higher, Lima remains in contention with 13th or better.
Gilmore places 5th – Mulanovich must make the final, Lima remains in contention with 13th or better.
Gilmore places 4th – Mulanovich must place 3rd or higher, Lima can place 5th, 7th, 9th or 13th and still be in contention.
Gilmore places 3rd – Mulanovich must place higher, Lima must place 4th or 5th to remain in contention.
Gilmore places 2nd – Mulanovich must place higher, Lima must finish 3rd to remain in the title race.
Gilmore places 1st – Mulanovich is out of contention, Lima must place 2nd for title to go to Maui
If Gilmore wins a World Title today, she will be the first rookie in the history of professional surfing to do so. FUEL TV will produce and air coverage of the Roxy Pro Hawaii.
Roxy Pro Hawaii Quarterfinal Match-Ups: 1st and 2nd Advance, 3rd finishes Equal 9th, 4th finishes Equal 13th
Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Caroline Sarran (FRA), Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Melanie Bartels (HAW)
Heat 2: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA), Leilani Gryde (HAW), Amee Donohoe (AUS), Megan Abubo (HAW)
Heat 4: Samantha Cornish (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Layne Beachley (AUS), Rochelle Ballard (HAW)